Kalo Mina – Have a Good Month
Being an ardent Grecophile, I have adopted the Greek traditional wish of Καλό μήνα! (Kalo mina) which means ‘Good Month’. Good months don’t just happen of their own accord. It prompts me to consider what would need to happen over the coming month to rate it as a ‘good month’ and what can I do to plan for it and make it happen. It doesn’t necessarily have to be any massively significant event or achievement. Good months are made of more good days than bad days. Good days are made of more daily uplifts than daily hassles. A series of small positive outcomes can make your day.
Goal setting with the PAR approach
The (goal-setting) process for having a good month has three parts: P.A.R. that’s:
- Plan - create an action plan for your goals for the month ahead.
- Action - Do something each day to achieve your goals
- Review - Towards the end of the month, review your action plan and consider what adjustments you need to make the following month a good one.
This approach fits with the coaching principle of ‘feedback not failure‘. The prevalent model of goal-setting – the New Year’s resolution – fails because we adopt an all-or-nothing approach. The first stumble is seen as a failure. It is not! It is feedback that our goals action plan needs an adjustment. The first day of the month offers an opportunity to review and renew your goals. It’s always a work in progress.
So consider what progress you will make towards your goals and how this helps to make up a better month, a good month.